THE head at the former school of Worcestershire County Cricket spinner Josh Baker has paid tribute to him saying he was "well-loved".

The cricketing world is coming to terms with the sad news of the 20-year-old's death which was announced yesterday (Thursday) by his club.

Now the former school of where Baker attended has paid their own tribute to the spin bowler.

Baker was a pupil at Malvern College, in Great Malvern, from 2016 to 2021, and school was hit very hard by the news of his passing.

Keith Metcalfe, Headmaster at Malvern College, said: "We are devastated by the heartbreaking news of the passing of Old Malvernian, Josh Baker. 

"Josh was a well-loved member of the School House community and is fondly remembered by staff across the College, not least for his successes in cricket.

"Our whole community, past and present, send their condolences to Josh’s family, friends and teammates. They are in our thoughts and prayers."

The 20-year-old broke into Worcestershire's first team back in 2021 and was in action on Wednesday for the second team where he took three wickets.

A flood of tributes have come in from far and wide in the cricket community, including from former team-mates, ex-England captains and the England Cricket Board (ECB).

Worcestershire County Cricket Club have revealed there are plans to pay tribute to Baker that will be announced in due course.

The club also confirmed this morning (Friday) that its Severn Suite at New Road would be open to fans to stop by and pay their own respects to Baker.

There is a book of condolence that people are free to sign in memory of the young cricket star.